Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash salad is a hearty, healthy salad that can be served as a main vegetarian dish or side dish with a protein. The colours are beautiful, making a perfect dish for a buffet table, holiday serving or dinner party.
Get creative or use what you have on hand. Substitute sweet potatoes for the squash, sprinkle a little cinnamon on the squash before roasting, add goat cheese, add some cherry tomatoes, use basil or rosemary instead of thyme, add extra balsamic vinegar, drizzle on some extra maple syrup or honey – you get the idea. The toasted sesame seeds add a nice nutty flavour, but feel free to use any nuts for crunch instead.
The recipe serves 4 good size portions, but if you are serving the salad with a substantial protein, it can be stretched to 5 or 6. One nice thing about this salad it that it can be made ahead. Just let it sit on the counter while the flavours blend and serve it when you’re ready.